Freediving World Championship

Location Makadi Bay or Abu Makhadeg, lies to the South of Hurghada on the Safaga Road approximately 35 km from Hurghada and 25 km from the International Airport. With pearly stretched sandy beaches that blend with blue crystal clear water filled with virgin corals and the stunning Red Sea Mountains as a majestic backdrop

Dahab Free Divers in Free Diving World Championship 2006

On dec. 6th the free diving world championships started in Hurghada, Egypt. And some of Dahab’s best known free divers had a good chance to take some of the titles. Get all the info about the event!

From Dec.1st to Dec 12th the free diving world championships ( took place in Hurghada, Egypt. 113 athletes from 27 participated at this event - among them a lot of Freedivers from Dahab – some of them locals like Lotta Ericson (SWE), Linda Paganelli (ITA), Natasha Avseenko (RU), some of them visiting Dahab on a regulary basis, like Annelie Pompe (SWE), Helen Garner and Hanly Prinsloo from South Africa, Herbert Nitsch (A), Tom Sietas (D), Peter Pederson (NL), Andreas Güldner (D) or Carlos Coste. Read the full story about the Freediving Ladies from Dahab here.

The training sessions ended on dec. 5th. From dec 6th– dec 8th the Constant Weight Competition took place, on dec. 10th the Static Competition, and on dec 11th the Dynamic Competition.


Constant weight
Static Apnea
Dynamic Apnea
World Records


A total of 11 cameras are used to film the event ( 2 Surface Cameras
3-4 Handheld Cameras
2 Cable Cameras
2 Fixed Bottom Cameras
1 Camera for the Making-Of The Footage TV broadcasting until now will come from ESC (Egypt Satellite Channel), Egyptian 2nd Channel, Nile TV and Nile Sports Channel.

Watch the fotos ( and Videos ( of the competition here.

Constant Weight Without Fins (CNF)
The free diver descends and ascends under water using only his own muscle strength, without the use of propulsion equipment and without pulling on the rope. Constant weight without fins is the most difficult sportive depth discipline, because of absolutely no propulsion material to go down in the water. This category needs a perfect coordination between propulsion movements, equalization, technique and buoyancy.

Constant Weight (CWT)
The free diver descends and ascends using his fins/monofin and/or with the use of his arms without pulling on the rope or changing his ballast; only a single hold of the rope to stop the descent and start the ascent is allowed. Constant weight is the common sportive depth discipline of free diving, because of the specific fins or monofins used in it. Constant weight is one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with static apnea and dynamic with fins.

Dynamic without Fins (DNF)
The free diver travels in a horizontal position under water attempting to cover the greatest possible distance. Any propulsion aids other than fins or a monofin and swimming movements with the arms are prohibited. Dynamic with fins is the most typical of both disciplines measuring the distance in free diving, because of the specific means of propulsion : long fins or monofin. Performances could only be recognized in swimming-pools with a minimum length of 25 meters, and are sometimes considered in national or indoor's 'combine', with the Static apnea.

Static Apnea (STA)
The free diver holds his breath for as long as possible with his respiratory tracts immerged, his body either in the water or at the surface. Static apnoea is the only discipline measuring the duration, and one of the three disciplines considered for the international competitions by team, with Constant weight and Dynamic with fins. Performances could be done and recognized in both pool and open water (sea, lake, river, etc).

Free Immersion (FIM)
The free diver dives under water without the use of propulsion equipment, but only by pulling on the rope during descent and ascent. Free immersion is the sportive depth discipline with the purest sensations, because of the speed of the water in the body, and the power of each pull on the rope as only mean of propulsion. Performances could be done the head first during the descent, or the feet first, depending equalization facilities of each free divers… Some of them also even use mixed solutions.

Variable Weight (VWT)
The free diver descends with the help of a ballast weight and ascends using his own strength: arms and/or legs, either by pulling or not pulling on the rope. Variable weight is the first of both depth disciplines using a sled to go down in the water. Old sleds was descending "head first", like presented in the famous Luc Besson's movie "Le Grand Bleu", but new sleds descending "feet first" are now generalized.

No Limit (NLT)
The free diver descends with the help of a ballast weight and ascends via a method of his choice. No limit is the absolute depth discipline. Going down with a sled, and going back up with a balloon, a diving suit or a vest with inflatable compartments, or whatever other means.

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